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the obama years. more people are getting heating assistance, cell phones. you name it, you can get more of it in the obama years. point is there is no plan to rein this in. the president is adamantly opposed to any spending cuts or any reining in of these run-away programs. >>gretchen: one in six americans now on food stamps. i think one in four children, i've heard, are on food stamps. >> 19.9 million children are fed by the federal government. >>gretchen: you know what comes to mind is i wonder what president bill clinton thinks about this. he's been an advocate of president obama, obviously helping him get reelected, but he was in charge of welfare reform. a lot of these things have been rolled back. i'm wondering what he thinks about this. >> i don't think he's said anything. he's been a big supporter of president obama in the election campaign last year, but i don't think welfare reform and the reversal of reform ever came up. i don't know what he thinks about this. >>steve: this could be one of the indicators why fitch is talking about down grading the u.s. debt once again. >> pre
. >> but here we are, almost 50 years later and i've been asked by president obama to deliver this invocation. and -- >> do you see this is sort of fulfilling a destiny? >> let's say it is, all right? and i accept that. because today we have many of the same concerns that we had then. perhaps not as much violence. but we still have violence. and i think it makes at least i hope it will make people think of the past and look at what they are doing today to change things. it's a constant that's there. and i have been so blessed in all of my horror and the pain that my children have gone through, to have come this far. and i hope to be able to instill dignity and determination to move this country forward. in the three minutes that i have. i don't know if that's possible. n i'm going to give it a try. >> you said you want people to think about the past while you'll be speaking but what will you be thinking about as you gaze out over the crowd. you seem so confident? >> i think i will hold my grandmother close, near and dear to me. she was the one that set the standards for me to follow. and she
obama administration was also not an administration saying let's go find some place to bomb. neither, for that matter, was president bush's eight years. we fought the wars that we felt were necessary. president bush worked hard to try to solve other problems through diplomatic means. and so i think it's a little too stark to make this kind of characterization. i, as you well know, always believed that we should try to avoid war. we should be willing to talk to friends and willing to talk to enemies. and try to find a solution that's peaceful. but when do you find it is necessary to use military force, use it with a clear political objective in mind and use it for a decisive result. that's the kind of attitude that chuck hagel will bring to the equation. we will be careful. he will give the president his best advice on the use or non-use of military force, how to solve the problem diplomatically. i'm sure he will be a great companion with mr. kerry in that regard. it's a good team. i think it's a very, very good team. now, a lot of my friends in the community who are of a more rightis
from 10-year-old kijah from fworge ga. asking mr. obama to stop gun violence. a number of those children will join the president on stage today. bill: we're awaiting the headlines, wendell. what is the expectation? what will be the proposal from the president? >> reporter: here a combination of proposals, bill. some for congress. some measures the government can take on its own. the president will announce a crackdown on people that lie on background checks. tougher penalties for gun traffickers. better distribution of mental health records. he will ask lawmakers to pass legislation requiring universal background checks and banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines where republican congressman bob goodlatte of west virgina suggests he will run into opposition. >> this is a very important constitutional right. we're dedicated to protecting the second amendment from that standpoint. what we want to focus on are ways to make sure that people with serious mental difficulties are kept away from firearms. >> reporter: even democrats saying the assault weapons ban in particul
of noah posner, a 6-year-old killed in the sandy hook shooting, is calling for tougher gun laws. tomorrow the vice president joe biden and his task force will deliver recommendations to prevent gun violence to president obama. we want to begin this morning with roxanna green. her daughter christina, you might remember, christina was killed while attending congresswoman gabby giffords congress on her corner event. she was a beautiful little girl and budding political junkie. roxanna has started a foundation to honor her daughter's memory and has done some work for the group mayors with illegal guns. nice to have you with us. >> thank you. >> we spoke a while back, and i remember talking to you about how hard it must be to talk about your daughter who was just a child when she was killed. what kind of message do you have for the people here in newtown, many who have lost children roughly the same age as your little daughter. >> i'm here to offer comfort and support, prayers and love, and whatever kind of guidance i can offer in this grieving process, this journey that they're on. i know exa
our particular feelings are. here's another question that we should be asking ourselves now. 40 years from now, historians will be looking back on our time. or 60 years from now. and what will they say about how we responded to this? it's not just about president obama. it's about all of us. >> or how we didn't respond to it. >> we're all on a dock here. and i think that's the question that we have to ask ourselves. and it has to be asked across the political and the cultural spectrum including the people who feel that they have a right to own an assault weapon and the people in their community who feel that they don't have a right to. there has to be this dialogue across the country in small western communities, in the south and in the big cities as well. as reverend al knows, there's no greater carnage from guns than in the inner cities of america. >> absolutely. >> 506 homicides last year in chicago, most of them in the inner city. >> i've just been reading about -- you all remember nickel mines, the shooting there, which was actually a handgun. it highlights -- and that was, i don
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